His name is bigger than his game at this point in his career. Time will tell if Vince Young can land a job as a backup quarterback soon.
Young had a workout with the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday and met with coaches, then left town without striking a deal on a contract. Indications are no announcement is imminent.
Young threw passes in the Bills' fieldhouse to Buffalo receivers David Nelson, Donald Jones, Naaman Roosevelt and Marcus Easley, the team reported on its website.
The Bills are looking to create more competition for the No. 2 quarterback job behind starter Ryan Fitzpatrick. Buffalo signed Tyler Thigpen to a three-year contract last July. Thigpen, 28, saw almost no action last season, entering only in mop-up duty in a loss at San Diego. Thigpen is a former seventh-round draft choice who has played five seasons and has 12 career starts. He went 1-10 with a Kansas City team that finished 2-14 in 2008. He has just one start since, for Miami in 2010.
Young became a free agent in February when Philadelphia decided not to pick up the option on his contract after he spent one season backing up Michael Vick. Young, who turns 29 this month, was 1-2 in relief of Vick last season and threw four touchdown passes with nine interceptions. The Eagles signed ex-Bill Trent Edwards to be Vick's backup for the coming season.
Young, 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, spent his first five seasons in Tennessee and made two Pro Bowls (in 2006 and 2009). But he lost his job to Kerry Collins in 2010 and fell out of favor with then-Titans coach Jeff Fisher. He was released after the season. Young has a career record as a starter of 31-19. His career completion percentage is 57.9, and he has 46 TD passes and 51 interceptions.
Bills General Manager Buddy Nix had this to say about the Young visit in an interview with Rochester radio station WHTK: "It'll probably be made a bigger deal than it should be. We try to look at all avenues that might get us better and if we can, create some competition at that position for a backup job. We're set with our quarterback, committed to Fitz and are completely with him. We think the more good people we put around him, the better we'll be. If we can bring in some competition for a backup role, one of them will make our team better."
The list of veteran free-agent quarterbacks still on the market is thin. Some of the QBs available beside Young include: ex-Steeler Dennis Dixon, 27; ex-Redskin John Beck, 31; ex-Charger Billy Volek, 36; ex-Ram A.J. Feeley, 35; and ex-Jaguar Luke McCown, 31.
Former University at Buffalo and Niagara-Wheatfield star Byron Mulkey has received a formal invitation to the Bills' rookie camp, which starts May 11, according to UB.
Mulkey played basketball for the Bulls, but was an All-Western New York defensive back in 2005 while at Niagara-Wheatfield.